I never used to like Winter. Yes, it was fun to play in the snow and spend the day snowboarding, but I FROZE the instant that I was outside. Actually, I was always frozen. It didn’t matter whether I had on 10 layers or if I was sitting in front of a fire – I was an ice cube. This is especially a problem if you have a family that loves to ski/snowboard and have a getaway house in New Hampshire!
But, then I discovered warming spices and homemade bone broth. Not only does the bone broth warm you up all over, but it also has many healing properties and promotes a healthy digestion.
As Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut” and modern medicine is teaching us that systemic inflammation starts with gut dysfunction. Yeah, IBS, Celiac, Crohn’s, acid reflux – I’m talking about you!
Leaky gut is a very common issue for those with digestive problems, and bone broth has what Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride calls the ability to “heal and seal” your gut.
Today, I want to share with you one of my absolutely go-to recipes for making homemade bone broth. This recipes is also one of my FAVORITE recipes included in my best selling program, Beyond the Bloat, that helps you get to the root cause of your digestive issues and discover the ideal foods for your body and wellness. It was also featured in Gluten-Free Living magazine.
Besides fighting leaky gut and promoting healthy digestion, homemade bone broth has other healing benefits and:
- Inhibits infection
- Reduces joint pain and inflammation
- Fights inflammation
- Promotes strong, healthy bones
- Promotes healthy hair and nail growth
Homemade Bone Broth
Serves 2 – 3
- 3 to 4 pounds of chicken bones and cartilage OR a whole chicken (Turkey bones work great after Thanksgiving, too!) or marrow, knuckles, and feet for beef broth.
- 1 to 2 large carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 large celery ribs, roughly chopped
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- spices of your choice
- filtered water to cover
- 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste after cooking
- Prepare the Broth. Add vegetables and bones (or a whole chicken) to a crockpot. Add vegetables and bay leaves. Feel free to add other spices of your choice. Fill the crockpot with filtered water until it covers the chicken/turkey bones or the whole chicken. Add 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar.
- Slowly Cook the Broth. Cook on low for at least 24 to 40 hours. Strain bones, vegetables, and spices from your broth. Store the broth in glass mason jars and refrigerate or freeze.
P.S. Learn more about cleansing your gut in my 28-Day Beyond the Bloat program designed to help you get rid of belly bloat and start feeling sexy in the next 4 weeks or less.